MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA BOLT

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Mexico City to Antigua BMM
DEPARTS MEXICO CITY to ANTIGUA
Trek Code:
BMM
Destination:
Central America
Departs:
Jan-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18+
Best of Trek:
  • > Discover ancient Mayan Ruins
  • > Experience traditional Guatemalan life
  • > Enjoy local cuisine & live music
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Tour Overview

How about a month of tropical beaches, ancient ruins and some of the best snorkelling on the continent? This trip takes in some of the best beach and cultural locations in Mexico before skipping over the border to Belize and Guatemala. Think Aztec, Mayan and Latino culture, some great party towns and warm Caribbean seas, this the perfect mix of adventure and paradise!

Included Highlights
  • Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • Toe-tap to a mariachi band in Mexico City
  • Embrace a kaleidoscope of colour at a Mexican market
  • Walk amongst waterfalls and clear limestone pools
  • Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Explore the cathedrals of the capital city, Merida
  • Sparkling Caribbean Sea and sprawling jungles
  • Bask on Playa del Carmen's white sand beaches
  • Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins
  • Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize
  • Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay
  • Enjoy colonial buildings and surrounding volcanoes in Antigua
  • Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango
  • Entrance and visit to Chichen Itza
Plus you get...
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation - 20 twin share & 6 multi-share hotel nights, 2 sleeper coaches, 1 homestay & 1 camping night (no sleeping bag required)
  • Maximum group size of 16
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Our Mexico City to Antigua BOLT Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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What is a BOLT tour?
What is a BOLT tour?

BOLT (Buses or Local Transport) are a great, affordable way to travel in Central America. You'll stay in a mix of budget hotels and homestays, with most nights on a twin basis, and travel from A to B in buses, collectivos, taxis, ferries and overnight buses. BOLT trips offer plenty of free time, lots of exciting activities to choose from and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget, all with the help and security of your local tour leader.

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Sumidero Canyon boat tour - San Cristobal de las Casa US$30
  • > Mayan villages tour - San Cristobal de las Casas US$20
  • > Guided Snorkelling trip - Caye Caulker US$35-$70
  • > Coffee & Macadamia Nut Plantation - Antigua US$45
  • > Estadio Azteca football match - Mexico City US$15
  • > Teotihuacan archaeological site - Mexico City US$25
  • > Musem Entrances - Mexico City US$free-US$10 each
  • > Visit to Cholula - Puebla US$15
  • > Monte Alban Ruins - Oaxaca US$10
  • > Mountain bike tour - San Cristobal de las Casas US$40
  • > Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls, Palenque US$6
  • > Palenque ruins entrance fee US$9
  • > Guided Jungle hike - Palenque US$15
  • > Uxmal Ruins tour - Merida US$45
  • > Celestun Bird Sanctuary - Merida US$45
  • > Guided city tour - Merida US$15
  • > Cuzama cenotes tour - Merida $US45
  • > Cenote Ikil - Playa del Carmen US$6
  • > Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour - Playa del Carmen US$35
  • > Ferry to Cozumel - Playa del Carmen US$27
  • > Entrance to ruins - Tulum US$10
  • > Akumal Bay snorkelling tour - Tulum US$35
  • > Sunset sailboat cruise - Caye Caulker US$37
  • > Sea kayaking - Caye Caulker US$25 (half day)
  • > Manatee tour - Caye Caulker US$60
  • > Barton Creek canoe trip - San Ignacio US$80
  • > Bicycle rental - San Ignacio US$4 per hour
  • > Butterfly farm - San Ignacio US$10
  • > Guided Caracol Ruins tour - San Ignacio US$80
  • > Sunrise tour of ruins - Tikal US$60
  • > Guided private tour of ruins - Tikal US$40
  • > Boat trip to Livingston - Rio Dulce US$30
  • > Natural hot springs - Rio Dulce US$20
  • > Salsa lessons - Antigua US$7 per day
  • > Bicycle tour - Antigua US$30
  • > Santiago Zamora village tour - Antigua US$10
  • > Bike rental - Tulum US$10 per day
  • > Xunantunich Ruins - San Ignacio US$10
  • > Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour - San Ignacio - US$105 (incl. transport, guide & lunch)
  • > River tubing - San Ignacio - US$95
  • > Zipline tour - Tikal US$45
  • > Quirigua ruins - Rio Dulce US$30
  • > San Pedro Volcano hike - Panajachel US$65
  • > Lakes & villages tour - Panajachel US$30
  • > Kayak rental - Panajachel US$6 per hour
  • > Bike rental - Panajachel US$10 per day
  • > Mitla Ruins, Hierve el Agua & mezcal distillery tour - Oaxaca US$45 (full day)
  • > Guided tour - Chichen Itza US$80
  • > Bike rental - Playa del Carmen US$10 per day
Tour Itinerary

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

  • Day 1-2: Mexico City & Teotihuacan, Mexico

    An incredible mix of old and new awaits in Mexico City. Over the next couple of days you'll have the chance to acclimatise on an orientation walk of the city, where you'll discover a whole host of archaeological, cultural and exciting options ensuring you really get to hit the Aztec trail at full pace.

    There's so much to do in Mexico City that it may take you a while to stop your head from spinning however, once you get your bearings it's time to have fun. Having the option to watch a football match, explore anthropology museums or find out more about the ruins of Teotihuacan all present a wide array of choices. So, best advice is to research, ask your guide and then hit the ground running.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 3-4: Puebla, Mexico

    Wave adios to the ancient pyramids and urban excitement of Mexico City as you head by local bus further south to the colonial streets and handicraft markets of Puebla. Get ready for plenty of haggling as well as the chance to hike by a volcano or for something a little different why not make the delicious local sauce, mole poblano. Cookery lessons are a great way to learn a bit of the local lingo and take home a couple of recipes to impress the folks back home with your newfound skills.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 5-7: Oaxaca & overnight bus to San Cristobal, Mexico

    Take an afternoon local bus to Oaxaca where you'll be met by a mix of native and colonial buildings including the legendary UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Alban. This is an exceptional site and an absolute cultural experience to savour no matter what you're into. Monte Alban is literally carved from the mountain and features: terraces, canals, pyramids and ceremonial alters that pay testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Oaxaca. On day seven you're free to enjoy your Oaxaca before boarding your overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.
    Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

  • Day 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

    The effects of Spanish colonialism are littered throughout Mexico, and nowhere is this more evident than the cobbled streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. Get out of the city discover what life was like before the arrival of the early European explorers. Optional village tours are a great way to explore the local area and renting a bike will allow you to travel at your leisure and experience life at your own pace.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 10-11: Palenque & overnight bus to Merida, Mexico

    Wind your way through the jungle to the ancient city of Palenque by local bus where you'll find one of the finest collections of Mayan architecture and carvings in existence. Palenque is situated on a hilltop in an area of hot jungle and is home to possibly the most impressive series of Mayan ruins, which date back at AD600. Whilst walking amongst the ruins it is often possible to hear the eerie calls of howler monkeys echoing from the jungle, giving an added dimension to this magnificent site. The temples are superb relics of Mayan culture and there are many ruins here still unexcavated and hidden in the surrounding forest. On day 11 you transfer to the bus station and board an overnight bus to Merida (approx. 8-9 hrs).
    Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

  • Day 12-13: Merida, Mexico

    Leave the jungles behind as you explore the museums, galleries and cathedrals of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. This is a great chance to collect your thoughts amongst the markets and mansions of this cultural hub and if you're still hankering for more Mayan ruins then the site of Uxmal is easily within reach. Cultural activities of a different nature can be found in Merida every Sunday and if you fancy slipping on your dancing shoes then you won't be disappointed. Salsa and merengue are the order of the day to finish off the weekend and as some of the streets close and turn into dance floors you may not be able to stop yourself from joining in, Strictly Come Dancing here you come!

    For some more spectacular sites of the feathered variety head to the pink flamingos of Celestun Bird Sanctuary, which always proves to be one of many colourful highlights on this stretch of your Mexican adventure.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 14-15: Chichen Itza & Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    Chichen Itza is just one of those 'must see' Mayan destinations and that's why we've included a visit for you. After you've had your fill of pyramids, inscriptions and gigantic stone staircases then it's time to let your hair down and celebrate in Playa del Carmen. Although close to Cancun, Playa isn't as full on and if you're hoping for a spot of snorkelling, or simply watching the sunset with a tropical cocktail or two then why not - you deserve it and it makes for the perfect end to one heck of an awesome trip!
    Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

  • Day 16-17: Tulum, Mexico

    Take a scenic local bus trip south to even more gorgeous beaches and the warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea to see the colourful fishes up close and personal. One of the best spots for snorkelling are the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea, this trip just keeps on getting even more epic!
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 18-20: Caye Caulker, Belize

    Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?" `Belize as you journey across the border on a combination of public and private transport on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once in Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim and snorkel amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow, from grilled shrimp to rum with absolutely everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you've had enough of landlubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave, this is the life!
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 21-22: San Ignacio, Belize

    After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel inland by local bus as you encounter the forest covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the opportunities to have awesome adventures whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come. If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 23: Tikal, Guatemala

    Travel by `collective minibus' and step back in time by opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal Temples are magnificent and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 24-25: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

    Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 26: Antigua, Guatemala

    Take the bus to Antigua for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home, things are about to get crazy good!
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 27: Chichicastenango & San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

    Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading by private minibus to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hand gestures and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.
    Accommodation: Local homestay included

  • Day 28: Panajachel, Guatemala

    Today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 29-31: Antigua, Guatemala

    Travel onwards by private transport to Antigua. Salsa lessons, coffee tours and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua . The beauty of this irresistible part of the world will most definitely stay with you long after you return home.
    Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

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  • Budget approximately US$48 for border-crossing fees (additional fees may apply for air departures). Fees are subject to change.
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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

BOLT tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you are unable to make the pre-departure meeting on day 1 or if you would like to do some extra sightseeing either before or after the tour, we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. Enquire at the time of booking.

Hotel Metropole, Mexico City

MEXICO CITY - HOTEL METROPOL (2016 departures)
Located in the heart of vibrant Mexico City, this comfortable tourist hotel boasts an on-site restaurant & lobby bar.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

El Carmen Suites, Antigua

ANTIGUA - EL CARMEN SUITES (2016 departures)
This tourist class hotel is located only four blocks from Main Plaza with easy access to restaurants & bars and El Carmen Church.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

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TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

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